Team Roster

#1 Semi Saari

WR

Height: 190 cm

Weight: 86 kg

#2 Waltteri Kinnunen

WR

Height: 170 cm

Weight: 70 kg

#3 Otto Laakkonen

K/P

Height: 180 cm

Weight: 75 kg

#6 Risto Raukko

QB

Height: 186 cm

Weight: 86 kg

#8 Viljami Rautavirta

QB

Height: 180 cm

Weight: 80 kg

#9 Arttu Hanhisalo

DB

Height: 185 cm

Weight: 83 kg

#10 Rasmus Kontio

DB

Height: 178 cm

Weight: 76 kg

#15 Wilhelm Stigzelius

DB

Height: 180 cm

Weight: 70 kg

#20 Vilho Paavilanen

DB

Height: 183 cm

Weight: 75 kg

#22 Viljo Lempinen

DB

Height: 184 cm

Weight: 79 kg

#24 Joonas Kaleva

DB

Height: 178 cm

Weight: 74 kg

#28 Eemeli Tuovinen

DB

Height: 180 cm

Weight: 75 kg

#30 Markus Hyytinen

RB

Height: 182 cm

Weight: 94 kg

#32 Heikki Toivola

DB

Height: 186 cm

Weight: 73 kg

#34 Samu Ojanen

WR

Height: 177 cm

Weight: 74 kg

#36 Onni Soinnen

RB

Height: 174 cm

Weight: 83 kg

#41 Mikko Behm

DB

Height: 187 cm

Weight: 90 kg

#43 Leonardo Lundberg

RB

Height: 187 cm

Weight: 95 kg

#44 Santeri Valpas

RB

Height: 181 cm

Weight: 75 kg

#50 Tony Koskinen

OL

Height: 194 cm

Weight: 111 kg

#52 Simo Ovaskainen

OL

Height: 182 cm

Weight: 106 kg

#54 Eero Saarinen

DB

Height: 181 cm

Weight: 80 kg

#55 Christer Berg

LB

Height: 185 cm

Weight: 110 kg

#56 Teemu Hukkanen

WR

Height: 185 cm

Weight: 85 kg

#57 Tuomas Hvitfelt

OL

Height: 184 cm

Weight: 130 kg

#60 Niilo Ojansivu

C/LS

Height: 190 cm

Weight: 120 kg

#65 Aleksi Elias Kylli

LB

Height: 180 cm

Weight: 90 kg

#66 Ville-Markus Korpela

LB

Height: 177 cm

Weight: 91 kg

#70 Jasper Lindqvist

OL

Height: 185 cm

Weight: 96 kg

#71 Juuso Voultilainen

OL

Height: 197 cm

Weight: 130 kg

#72 Eemil Ahonen

DL

Height: 185 cm

Weight: 129 kg

#73 Eetu Lehtiniemi

DL

Height: 185 cm

Weight: 100 kg

#74 Mikko Rajala

OL

Height: 187 cm

Weight: 140 kg

#76 Aleksi Olavuo

OL

Height: 190 cm

Weight: 140 kg

#78 Jere Saranpää

OL

Height: 182 cm

Weight: 104 kg

#80 Akseli Syrjänen

LB

Height: 177 cm

Weight: 78 kg

#81 Miikka Kaunismäki

WR

Height: 188 cm

Weight: 97 kg

#82 Markus Haapasaar

WR

Height: 178 cm

Weight: 75 kg

#86 Eemeli Valkamo

RB

Height: 180 cm

Weight: 90 kg

#88 Petteri Vilpponen

WR

Height: 184 cm

Weight: 84 kg

#90 Kalle Tanninen

DL

Height: 190 cm

Weight: 110 kg

#91 Ere Wacker

DL

Height: 177 cm

Weight: 86 kg

#95 Leo Flinkman

DL

Height: 186 cm

Weight: 105 cm

#98 Konsta Matikainen

DL

Height: 180 cm

Weight: 94 kg

#99 Dennis Ilmelä

DL

Height: 190 cm

Weight: 105 kg

About The Team

Finland is one of the most successful teams in Europe in junior level American Football with one of the oldest traditions in the great sport of American Football. First National Championship game was played after season 1986.

Finland participated first time in European Junior Championships in 1992 and won three first competitions in 1992, 1994 and 1996. Finland’s last visit in European Championship tournament was from 2008 in Seville where the team were 7th. In the latest European Championship qualification tournament in 2015 in Vejle, Denmark; Finland lost to Sweden and beat Great Britain, but did not make it to the final tournament. Last year Finland Blue Lions celebrated tournament victory in Nordic Championships which were the team’s first U19 championship in Nordic level since 2015.

The journey to European Championship tournament lead by Head Coach Tero Virtanen, started in early 2016 with trial camp for players born in 1998 to 2001. This year the team has had four training camps to prepare for the tournament with over 60 players. The final team will be selected after final training camp the weekend before the European Championship tournament.

The tournament team has 45 players from over 10 different club teams, majority of whom were in Nordic Championship team last season. Most of the players are on the rosters of their club’s men’s teams as well as junior teams. The team’s offense is coordinated by Atte Kniivilä and defense is coordinated by Sampo Ranta. Finland’s record in last three seasons is 4 wins and 2 losses. Against Denmark, Finland has won three last games and against Sweden the score is 1 win and 2 losses. This year’s competition Finland Blue Lions’ target is to “Go For the Gold”, the first time in 21 years.

TEAM FINLAND U19 NATIONAL TEAM, STAFF

Head Coach Tero Virtanen

Offensive Coordinator Atte Kniivilä

Defensive Coordinator Sampo Ranta

Assistant Coach, QB Janne Lehtinen

Assistant Coach, OL Antti Martikka

Assistant Coach, RB Sami Telenius

Assistant Coach, WR Julius Majander

Assistant Coach, DL Juha Hakala

Assistant Coach, LB Santtu Äyräväinen

Assistant Coach, DB Pekka Rantala

Strenght & Conditioning Coach Matias Sarvela

Team Manager Toni Vahla

Video Coordinator Jenny Holmberg

PR Riitta Rinta-Tassi

Trainer Niki Juurinen

Trainer Marko Kinnunen

Trainer Samuli Murto

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